What is needed is not that a religion be true, meaning that what it claims exist beyond the ink it is written with in a holy book. That is hard to prove. What is important is that a religion be a good system to help us mere mortal deal with our short and troubled life in the universe. Whether what we hope for in the afterlife materializes or not is not important, what is important is that we believe it will materialize and that gives us hope.
Faith is throwing yourself into the arms of the unknown and trusting that you will be safe in the hands of that monster
Don’t curse the gods; you will feel shame when you have to call on them for help
Each mind conceives god in its own way. There may be as many variation of the god figure as there are people in the world
Spiritual leaders, priests and prophets are lamps burning in the dark, seeking meaning for humanity.
There is nothing behind the curtains of religions, people put there whatever their imaginations can fathom
We need an anthropomorphous god, a god with human features in order to relate to him, but we don’t want to make him evil like us, so we create the devil and make him responsible for all the evil in the world, leaving our god completely holy and blameless
After losing faith, even an atheist feels a yawning void in his soul that needs filling; there is nothing imaginable that he can fill with it. It was all along meant to be filled with the sacred, with the unknown and unknowable power. That’s the curse or blessing of humanity
He is an atheist anyone who does not believe in my god and the wrath of god is upon him; I am in my right to meet that wrath on him,” thunders the fanatic
Don’t create unbelief or doubt in people’s minds. When you do so you ruin their lives and you have nothing to give them in its place. It’s ok if people delude themselves; those delusions keep their day running.